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Horizons Festival returns to HOME

A participant in the 2023 festival. Pic by Shirlaine Forrest
Picture of a previous festival performer by Shirlaine Forrest

The 2024 Horizons Festival of new theatre, performance, visual art, film, music community events and family-friendly workshops, returns to HOME Manchester from June 21-23.

The theme of this year's festival - organised by HOME and Community Arts North West (CAN) - is Our Planet, Our Home, co-curated with the Arts and Migration Network of displaced local artists, an expansion on the theme for this year’s national Refugee Week.

The festival will showcase work by locally-based artists and supports artists from refugee backgrounds.

The programme includes a new theatre work and a dance piece by sanctuary-seeking women from the voluntary organisation, Afrocats.

Families can enjoy music and dance performances and a visual art exhibition, as well as textiles by children, young people and adults recently settled in the UK through CAN’s community programme, . There will also be creative workshops and a family-friendly film screening in association with Celebrating Syria.

Counterpoints Arts’ critically acclaimed No Direction Home comedy show features stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Tebu Muziki will entertain evening audiences in HOME’s ground floor cafe with an eclectic mix of African Jazz and Afro fusion.

The festival also includes films, including a newly-commissioned short film by Valeriia Lukianets, who came to the UK from Ukraine in 2022, and visual art commissions across the building - for example a banner made by a group including forced migrants working with textile artists Kate Rothery and Vicky Richards.

Full info on all aspects of the wide-ranging festival here


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